So writes Valido Capodarca one of the greatest Italian experts on monumental trees. After the botanists Camarda and Bacchetta, he too has hopes for the future of the Sa Tanca Manna olive tree and cites the example of a giant olive tree half destroyed after a fire, but saved and still alive and regrown after 20 years
“Friends of Cuglieri, do not touch the remains of the wild olive”. So writes Valido Capodarca one of the greatest Italian experts on monumental trees. After the botanists Camarda and Bacchetta, he too has hopes for the future of the Sa Tanca Manna olive tree and cites the example of a giant olive tree half destroyed after a fire, but saved and still alive and regrown after 20 years.
“First of all, I would like to express to Cuglieri’s friends, also on behalf of all lovers and seekers of large trees, all our condolences and our affective closeness for the tragedy that struck them, which all the media are still talking about” , Capodarca writes.
“Along with the pain, we also formulate the most fervent wishes for an immediate resurrection and a recovery of what has been lost.
Thousands of olive trees were destroyed in the fires, but the most illustrious victim is certainly Him, the famous Olivastro di Cuglieri, credited with over two thousand years and with a stem over ten meters in circumference: Little is left of the tree after the fire . But I take the liberty of suggesting and advising Cuglieri’s friends not to touch and leave the remains of the glorious tree intact, so that what happened about twenty years ago with an olive tree no less famous, the Olivone di Semproniano (in the province of Grosseto). More than for the size of the trunk, the Olivone was famous for its height: it was said to be 22 meters but, much more realistically, it should have been 18 (in practice, a 6-storey building).
On the night between 10 and 11 May 1998, a hand guided by a buggy brain poured some petrol cans on the big tree and set it on fire. Among the possible reasons, there was talk of the possibility that the author was annoyed by the constant coming and going of tourists who came to see that wonder. All seemed lost, but in the following spring, a forest of suckers was reborn by the root system, which obviously had not been damaged by the fire.
The owner selected some of the strongest of those suckers and let them grow. After 20 years, the tree has grown and together with the suckers that have already reached the size of large olive trees, the parts burned by the criminal resist, proving that nature is often stronger than human idiocy, which is infinite. We will hear about Cuglieri’s Olivastro for a long time “.